Anne's Story

Anne's Story

Anne May, 64, volunteers at RMBI Home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court, helping residents with daily activities.

"I have been visiting Stisted Hall on a regular basis for two years. My mother is a resident and I usually visit three to four times a week, depending on the number of activities that I get involved with. Some weeks I even call in five times."

"Since visiting the Home, I have gained greater understanding of the life of older people and particularly of dementia. It gives me great pleasure when residents thank me for taking them out on trips and when they say how much they enjoyed the day."
Anne May, volunteer at Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court
Anne helps residents go on trips outside the Home by driving them in the Home's minibus.

Activities with Anne

"I drive the Home's minibus to take residents out to garden centres, shops, on lunches, afternoon teas and visits to the beach. I also drive residents to doctors' and hospital appointments and get involved in Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court's "A Choir to Remember".

"Often I take residents to the local golf club for a morning coffee or afternoon tea. Many times I bring my 20 month old grandson with me, who likes to play in the Home's lounge and residents really enjoy his company. Many of them have known him since he was a baby and their faces light up when they see him. "

Befriending residents

"I enjoy sitting with residents, chatting to them and joining in their activities, such as cookery club, knit and natter, games and sing alongs."

"Residents thoroughly enjoy our trips, particularly as many of them do not have relatives who can visit often enough to take them out on a regular basis. A good number of the activities I get involved in are 'in house' and it is good to see residents from the different areas of the Home joining each other for entertainment and the choir. They love a good sing along and often clap their hands and some even dance."

"I love chatting and having fun with residents. The activities help them to socialise and are good for their wellbeing."

Supporting residents' health and wellbeing

"I think the activities on offer have a great positive effect on residents' daily wellbeing. Many of those who prefer to be in their rooms tend to come out on trips and join us in the lounge for entertainment. All the activities we offer help them to socialise and it is great for residents to sit and chat or to enjoy gentle exercises. The activities promote laughter and fun!"

"I feel very privileged to be able to volunteer at Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court. I love chatting to and having fun with residents."

"Since visiting the Home, I have gained a greater understanding of the life of older people and particularly of dementia. It gives me great pleasure when residents thank me for taking them out on trips and when they say how much they enjoyed the day. After one trip to the beach hut at Clacton, a resident told me it was one of the best days in his life."

Anne works at Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court

Situated in the beautiful Essex countryside, Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court is a Grade II listed property dating back to 1825. The Home has maintained its original features and provides residential care and dementia support for up to 50 residents.